82. Mrs. Slater
asked the Postmaster-General what was the number of young 105W persons recruited for training on the technical staff of the telephone service, both nationally and in Stoke-on-Trent, for 1956 and 1959.
§ Mr. K. Thompson
In 1956, 1,577 Youths-in-Training were recruited nationally and six in the Stoke area. This year the national recruitment figure will be substantially lower; most engagement takes place in the latter part of the year and so far only 83 have been recruited nationally. None has yet been engaged in Stoke, but we hope to take in nine.